Eon Dragoneye Reborn

by Alison Goodman

Penguin Group Canada | August 31, 2010 | Trade Paperback

Eon Dragoneye Reborn is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 4.

Eon has been studying the ancient art of Dragon Magic for four years, hoping he’ll become apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune. But he also has a dark secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been living a dangerous lie for the chance to become a Dragoneye, the human link to an energy dragon’s power. It is forbidden for females to practise the Dragon Magic and, if discovered, Eon faces a terrible death. But after a brilliant sword ceremony, Eon is catapulted into the treacherous world of the Imperial court, where his desperate lie comes to light …

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 576 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.5 in

Published: August 31, 2010

Publisher: Penguin Group Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143174096

ISBN - 13: 9780143174097

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautifully Written and Very Unique! Eon was a fascinating book that was full of great mythology and wicked dragons. As the story progressed, I found that it got better and it became easier to understand. I struggled to wrap my head around the mythology in the beginning because it's just so... intense and intricate. Don't get me wrong, I thought it was great, but at times I got a little confused. The mythology is incredible in a way that had me dumbfounded, and yes, a little lost. The pacing was a little slow for me as well, at times, I got a little bored and was anxious for the adventure to pick up. But, the book was 500+ pages, so it's understandable that Eon took a little longer to read new conflicts, plot points and plot twists. I found Eon to be extremely unique. Alison Goodman writes this book in a way that allows you to have a visual image of the book for the entirety of the novel. Her words create the world to become very real and extremely enticing. I enjoyed following our main character and learning about the world that Goodman has created. If you do not like to read about really detailed and intense mythology, than maybe this isn't the book for you. However, aside from that, I feel that the main characters story truly made up for the things I wasn't fond of in this novel. Our main character is Eona, but she begins to go by the name Eon to hide her true identity and gender. This is because she lives in a world that doesn't allot girls to do certain things, like become a Dragoneye. Eona's world consists of twelve dragons, and every year, one of the dragons comes forward every year and seeks more power and gains leadership. That one dragon then seeks Dragoneye as an apprentice. This year, The Rat Dragon steps forward and will choose the boy that will become his apprentice. This is where Eona decides that she will become Eon, a boy who wants a chance to become the Dragoneye. Eona's adventure begins as she must hide who she really is and become Eon, a convincing male who seeks the power and money that comes with being a Dragoneye. When the time comes, and The Rat Dragon must make his choice, Eona is shocked and learns more about herself than ever before. Her struggle to maintain Eon's image and decide whom she can trust kick starts this great adventure. The two things I loved about this novel were the characters and the plot twists. They really made the book exciting an captivating. I enjoyed the last half of the book better than the first half because the mythology became easier to follow and I became more comfortable with understanding the world and all of the elements that it consisted of. I look forward to reading the second book and final book in this Duology! 2011-33
Date published: 2012-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! http://dazzlingreads.blogspot.com/ Eon is in fact Eona, a female Dragoneye and something never seen in over 500 years. Being a female Dragoneye is actually an aberration, so Eona becomes Eon by her Master's decision. Eon's Master is craving the power that he once had as the Tiger Dragoneye. Now it's been years since he gave up his Dragon to his successor and the lack of a high status in society have been fading away his power and money. Desperate to get his status back, he trains Eon to become a Dragoneye apprentice candidate. If he gets elected by the the Dragon of that year (Rat Dragon) one day he will be able to use his Dragon's power to control the Earth elements and keep their land in good harmony. But if the Emperor or any other Dragoneye uncover the truth behind Eon's identity, her life and her Master's and in deadly danger. But why Eon's Master would risk so much in an aberration? Well, Eona is a very special candidate. She can see not only the Rat Dragon but all of the other Dragons. A very rare and unique skill. Eon is a book that I really regret not reading before. I still don't understand why I waited so long to get my hands on it. This is an intense reading filled with twists. Eon gets from one trouble into another and it never stops!. I remember thinking over and over again "Oh my God! can this get any worse?' and "Holy...! No way!!". I was biting my nails all the way through this read. It is incredible how this book never stopped surprising me. I think is the first time I read a character such as Eon. Yes, she is bad ass, she is smart and she also has a limp and she is very complex. Eon, during the whole story, is constantly fighting her own nature. She's been raised in a world where being a woman means you are, by nature, in a low status. The paradox of being so little but blessed with such great power and skill is, in Eon's world, beyond every body's understanding. Eon constantly denies to embrace her true nature and this was one of the themes I most enjoyed to see evolve. There are other very interesting characters such as Lady Dela (I live her to you to discover who she is, I am not giving anything away! but believe, she is one of my favorite in the story) We also have Chart and her mother, whose loyalty and devotion was a mother role for Eon. The Emperor and his son Kygo. Ryko, the Master, Dillon and Lord Ido. Gosh Lord Ido! I hate him with all my heart I could say so many hateful things towards him, but since my blog "hate free" I will just say that Lord Ido is just beyond redemption. Alison Goodman descriptions stimulated all of my senses. The beauty of places, the texture of silk, the scent of incense, Jasmin, and orange blossom. The flavor of tea and bean buns. The clashing of bloody swords. I can not praise Alison's Goodman's writing style in the way she deserves it. But I need to say those three simple words can always say more than a thousand; I love it! As a book lover, I am proud to have this book in my shelf. As a reader, I am prouder to have finally decided to read it.The last two sentences, describe the way I feel towards this book. I think, I need to say no more.
Date published: 2011-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Alison Goodman's, "Eon" has bee absolutely stunning. i enjoyed the mystery, suspense and imagination that courses through its veins! The secrecy and the lies, becoming truth and the dangers caused by that. i felt no one could have captured as well as this.
Date published: 2011-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Fantasy Pros: engaging, combines new age beliefs with fantasy world magic, protagonist stays in character Cons: major plot twist is very obvious Eon's ability to see all 11 energy dragons is awarding her the chance to become the apprentice of the Rat Dragon, ascendant this year. But women aren't allowed to be Dragoneyes, so she must hide her gender. When the choosing ceremony goes awry and the long lost Mirror Dragon returns, she is plunged into mess of political intrigue she is ill equipped to handle. Eon is an engaging read that's hard to put down. The girl goes from crisis to crisis as she's thrust into the heart of palace politics while trying to keep several important secrets. The magic of this fantasy world is based heavily on new age beliefs. The chakras are used to focus chi, while the dragon mythology is the Chinese zodiac. Goodman manages to take these familiar concepts and makes them unique by molding them to the energy dragons, through whom natural phenomenon can be controlled. Modern readers will quickly figure out the plot twist regarding the truth of the Mirror Dragon. While it is in character for Eon to misunderstand what is happening, it is frustrating as a reader to see how she's missing something that to us is so obvious. However, I was impressed that the author resisted the urge to give Eon a modern mindset. She is very much a product of her world, which is as it should be. I found Eon a fascinating character, even while I didn't always like her decisions. She's caught in a difficult position where if it's learned she's a woman, her life and that of her master and servant, are forfeit. As more and more people put their faith in her power her position becomes even more desperate. In response, she pressures a friend to act in a way that puts his life in danger, with no consciousness that she's done so. She also takes pains to avoid becoming a pawn. While I was able to guess many of the plot twists early in the book, the last third, after the truth of the Mirror Dragon is revealed, was so unexpected, and somewhat disturbing, that I enjoyed every moment of the adventure. The book ends at a satisfying place while leaving many things unfinished. I'll definitely be picking up Eona when it comes out next spring.
Date published: 2010-10-22

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Eon Dragoneye Reborn

by Alison Goodman

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 576 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.5 in

Published: August 31, 2010

Publisher: Penguin Group Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143174096

ISBN - 13: 9780143174097

From the Publisher

Eon has been studying the ancient art of Dragon Magic for four years, hoping he’ll become apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune. But he also has a dark secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been living a dangerous lie for the chance to become a Dragoneye, the human link to an energy dragon’s power. It is forbidden for females to practise the Dragon Magic and, if discovered, Eon faces a terrible death. But after a brilliant sword ceremony, Eon is catapulted into the treacherous world of the Imperial court, where his desperate lie comes to light …

About the Author

Alison Goodman was born in Australia, and after a bit of wandering, now lives in her beloved hometown of Melbourne. She was the 1999 D.J. O'Hearn Memorial Fellow at Melbourne University, holds a master of arts, and teaches creative writing at the postgraduate level.

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17